SNAPE, FS Gordon (R52977) - Mention in Despatches - East Moor - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Fitter IIE. Born 3 May 1912 in Bolton, Lancs., England. Studied at a commercial school in Toronto; took a course in acetylene welding and worked nine years as a mechanic. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 October 1939. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 19 February 1945 when he had served 42 months in Canada, 18 months overseas.

 

This NCO has been instrumental in maintaining a reliable state of aircraft serviceability at this unit. Flight Sergeant Snape has always displayed outstanding ability for organization, leadership and devotion to duty.

 

SNAPE, FS Gordon (R52977) - British Empire Medal - No.432 Squadron (Station East Moore in AFRO, but see below) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. 81.009 D.1722 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 2 February 1945, submitted by W/C J.K. MacDonald, Commanding Officer, No.432 Squadron. Had then served 45 months in Canada, 18 months in UK. Award presented.

 

Flight Sergeant Snape, throughout his long term of service as NCO in charge the Daily Servicing crews of No.432 Squadron, has shown exceptional organizing ability. By his untiring efforts and splendid example of devotion to duty, he has been an inspiration to all ground personnel attached to the squadron. His zeal and efficiency have proved a major factor in ensuring that aircraft under his care were mechanically perfect to set out on a successful mission against the enemy, with the full confidence of the aircrew in the work carried out under his supervision. For the high standard of determination and results achieved under his direction, Flight Sergeant Snape is strongly recommended for the award of the British Empire Medal.

 

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SNEDDON, FS James Allan (R121611) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Edmonton, 1923; home there (order clerk); enlisted there 8 August 1941. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 16 February 1942). Award presented by King George VI, 30 November 1943. Killed in action with No.514 Squadron, 14 January 1944 (Lancaster LL685); buried in Germany.

 

Flight Sergeant Sneddon has completed numerous operational sorties including some against such heavily defended targets as Frankfurt, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Essen, Berlin, Kiel and Turin. He has proved to be a rear gunner of the highest order who has consistently shown courage and determination in the face of the enemy and a great keenness to participate in operational flying.

 


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SNELGROVE, F/O Howard Baron (J25869) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1921 in Trinity, Newfoundland; home in Port Hope, Ontario (ex-militia); enlisted in Toronto, 16 January 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail 20 April 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 3 October 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (142 hours 32 minutes). Navigator to F/O M.A. Buchanan.

 

24 May 44 Aachen (4.20) 16 July 44 Sannerville (4.00)

2 June 44 Calais guns (3.01) 18 July 44 Scholoen (4.08)

3 June 44 Wimereux (3.02) 20 July 44 Wizernes (3.17)

5 June 44 Crisberg (4.01) 23 July 44 Kiel (4.49)

6 June 44 Acheres (4.53) 24 July 44 Stuttgart (8.26)

9 June 44 Flers (4.29) 28 July 44 Stuttgart (8.36)

12 June 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.06) 30 July 44 Cahagnes (4.00)

14 June 44 Le Havre (3.15) 31 July 44 Le Havre (3.35)

16 June 44 Sterkrade/Holten (4.03) 1 Aug 44 Belle Croix les

22 June 44 Nimoyecques (3.08, day) Bruyers (2.49)

23 June 44 Saintes (7.09) 2 Aug 44 Le Havre (3.18)

24 June 44 Flers (3.50) 3 Aug 44 Trossy/St.Maximim (4.22)

27 June 44 Chateau Bernapre (3.43) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (8.26)

30 June 44 Oisemont/Neuville (4.11) 18 Aug 44 Ghent/Terneuzen (3.41)

1 July 44 Domleger (3.39) 26 Aug 44 Russelheim (9.05)

12 July 44 Revigny (9.10)

This Canadian officer has successfully completed a tour of operations in Bomber Command. He has at all times navigated his aircraft with skill and accuracy. During his tour he has operated deep into the heavily defended fortress of Europe against such targets as Stuttgart and Stettin. Flying Officer Snelgrove also proved his ability to be of the highest order against precision targets in occupied territory where, upon timing and accuracy, depends the whole success of the operation.

 

At all times, in spite of all enemy action, his cool, calm determination to achieve the successful completion of his task was an inspiration to others. There is no doubt that on his steadfast devotion to duty, ability and zeal depended the ultimate success of the sorties undertaken.

 

The example of quiet confidence, skill and determination of this Canadian officer, it is considered, well merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SNELGROVE, F/L Jack McLean (J18668) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1919 in Regina; home there; enlisted there 9 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 January 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942). Commissioned 1943. The Regina Leader-Post had an article in 1946 (not further dated) saying he piloted an aircraft known as "Bachelor's Knell" because the majority of the crew got married after commencing operations on it. The machine was badly holed raiding Leverkusen and returned on two engines; one crewman kissed the ground when they made it home although their airfield of choice was under attack and they had to land elsewhere. .Award presented. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 10 June 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (219 hours 45 minutes); no sortie list to provide context.

 

This officer has been with the squadron since its formation and has completed a total of 37 sorties. Well over half of these operations have been against heavily defended targets in Germany, including two against Berlin. Flight Lieutenant Snelgrove is a first class operational pilot whose efficiency, devotion to duty and determination is an inspiration to all those who serve with him.

 

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SNELGROVE, S/L William Henry (C3131) - Mention in Despatches - No.39 Wing Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 16 November 1940. No citation.

 

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SNELL, F/L Charles Rendol (J18140) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in St.Catharines, Ontario, 1920; home in Sarnia; enlisted in London, Ontario, 19 July 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1943. See Martin Middlebrook, The Nuremburg Raid, p.239. Award presented 14 June 1949. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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SNELL, F/O Paul Frederick (J85030) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1918 in Montreal; home in Westmount; enlisted in Montreal, 15 September 1941. Former COTC. Trained at No.3 ITS and No.1 AOS (graduated 4 December 1942). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 25 February 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9025 has recommendation dated 20 June 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (248 hours 45 minutes). The sortie list indicates that he was often (though not always) in the same crew as A.G. Stark.

 

28 June 43 Anti-sub sweep (8.00) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.50)

1 July 43 Anti-sub sweep (8.00) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.22)

2 July 43 Anti-sub sweep (9.20) 26 Mar 44 Essen (4.49)

6 July 43 Anti-sub sweep (9.05) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.55)

14 July 43 Anti-sub sweep (10.15) 10 Apr 44 Tergnier (5.05)

17 July 43 Anti-sub sweep (8.50) 22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.03)

19 July 43 Anti-sub sweep (10.30) 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.44)

29 Sept 43 Bochum (5.30) 26 Apr 44 Paris (5.09)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (7.05) 27 Apr 44 Montzen (3.47)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (6.25) 1 May 44 Malines (3.47)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (5.18) 11 May 44 Trouville (3.30)

18 Nov 43 Mannheim (8.00) 21 May 44 GARDENING (5.27)

3 Dec 43 Leipzig (8.29) 22 May 44 GARDENING (5.02)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (6.36) 3 June 44 GARDENING (5.00)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.56) 5 June 44 Coursevilles (4.43)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.54) 6 June 44 St.Lo (5.22)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.00) 9 June 44 Laval airfield (5.01)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.07) 15 June 44 Fouilliard (5.06)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 36 sorties involving a total of 248 hours. As navigator in one of the most successful crews he has given most valuable services to the squadron. His enthusiasm for his work, [and] his accuracy at all times have in fact contributed very largely to this success.

 

On the ground also he has done much valuable work in his section and has worked unsparingly to improve the standard of navigation of the less experienced crews. He has taken part in attacks against the most heavily defended targets and has always shown the greatest courage and coolness in face of danger.

 

For his courage and devotion to duty, he is most strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SNELLING, LAC Clive Anthony Grey (R73792) - British Empire Medal - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2558/43 dated 10 December 1943. Born in India, 1922; home in Argyleshire, Scotland (mechanic); enlisted in Montreal, 17 October 1940. Award presented by King George VI, 6 June 1944. Cited with F/O R.J.O. Doehler (MBE), F/L E.J.A. Lindsay (GM), F/L R.J. McCombe (GM), Sergeant J.A. Campbell (BEM), and LAC P.P. Wilkinson (BEM). See Campbell, above, for citation.

 

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SNIDER, F/O Donald Leonard (J19789) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1918 in Brantford, Ontario; home there. Former member of Royal Canadian Artillery and Bank of Montreal employee; enlisted in Hamilton or Toronto, 14 October 1941. Overseas in June 1943. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.1 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942). Commissioned 1944. Award presented 14 June 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation dated 8 November 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (163 hours 25 minutes), 10 April to 26 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Snider has completed an operational tour as captain in four-engined bombers. Many of these trips took him to such heavily defended targets in Germany as Karlsruhe, Friedrichshafen, Wesseling and Kiel. On all occasions, Flying Officer Snider displayed great determination in pressing home his attacks in spite of anything the enemy had to offer in the way of defences. More recently, on precision targets requiring the utmost in skill, he has bombed the target, bringing back excellent aiming point photographs. Throughout his tour he has displayed exceptional keenness in operations and coming to grips with the enemy, and by his keenness has inspired his crew and all members of the squadron.

 

Flying Officer Snider has, by his cheerful spirit and fine operational ability, been a great asset to this squadron, and I consider that his fine operational record fully warrants the grant of the Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SNIDER, FS (now P/O) Edward Austin (R165420/J88585) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 5 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born Haliburton, Ontario, 1914; home there (shipping clerk); enlisted in Toronto, 12 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.1 AOS (graduated 16 February 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943). Award presented 18 October 1947. The incident raiding Villeneuve St.Georges was 4/5 July 1944. First attack by a a Bf.109 began at 0040 hours as it came from behind and slightly to the left. It opened fire at 200 yards, breaking away at 150 yards; Snider opened fire, assisted by Sergeant J.W. Cumbers in the other turret. Both gunners saw strikes and saw the '109 going down on fire. After bombing the target, the Halifax was attacked again, at 0136 hours a FW.190 was seen rying to sneak up. Both gunners opened fire and the target went down burning, exploding on the ground. For photos see PL-31713 (Snider abd Cumbers), PL-31714 (Snider climbing into his turret) and PL-31715 (Cumbers in his turret).

 

Flight Sergeant Snider is a most capable and determined air gunner and has taken part in very many sorties. On a recent occasion, on the outward flight to Villeneuve-St.Georges, his aircraft was attacked by a fighter. Coolly and skilfully, Flight Sergeant Snider directed the necessary combat manoeuvres and, as the attacker broke away, he delivered bursts of fire which struck the enemy aircraft, causing its destruction. This airman has proved himself to be a most reliable and courageous member of aircraft crew.

 

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SNIDER, F/L Edward Cavell (J8620) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born March 1916, Preston, Ontario; finished his education in Galt. Enlisted in Hamilton, 5 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 May 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 17 August 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 28 September 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 27 October 1941). Award presented 17 May 1948. Flew on both coasts, participating in three attacks on U-boats. Remained in postwar RCAF, rising to Group Captain; his duties included being CO of Mont Apica (December 1955 to October 1958). Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1952 when a Wing Commander in Training Command. Photo PL-16160 shows him at work in a Canso or Hudson. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation. When recommended he had flown 1,456 hours, 1,027 on operations (100 sorties).

 

This officer has completed hundreds of hours of operational flying in the North Atlantic area. During his operations as navigator he has participated in several U-Boat attacks. At all times he has shown determination, skill and devotion to duty of the highest order. Now on his second tour, this officer, as squadron navigation leader, has brought the standard of navigation in his squadron to a very high level. His perseverance and leadership are most commendable.

 

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SNIDER, P/O Harold Lawrence (C12583) - Air Force Cross - No.3 FIS - Award effective 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 5 September 1940. Graduated as pilot, No.6 SFTS, 19 June 1942. Award presented 31 May 1944. The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.

 

This officer has completed 1,950 flying hours as an Elementary Flying Instructor in the past two years and three months. His total flying time exceeds 2,100 hours. Pilot Officer Snider has proven to be a consistent and exceptionally hard-working instructor whose personal skill is reflected in his pupils. His devotion to duty, coupled with his enthusiasm for flying, has been an excellent inspiration to his associates.

 

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SNIDER, S/L John Douglas (J15257) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Hamilton, 1916; home in Grimsby, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 2 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 25 November 1940) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 10 February 1941). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 21 September 1945.

 

This officer has a splendid operational record. He has completed a large number of sorties including attacks on Essen, Kiel and targets in the Ruhr. Throughout all his missions he has shown great determination, and his cheerful confidence has had an excellent influence on all younger members of aircraft crew. Squadron Leader Snider's organizing ability, together with his determination and courage, have been a valuable asset to the squadron.

 

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SNIDER, F/L Leigh Hammill (C7672) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Ingersoll, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 4 October 1941. No citation.

 

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SNOW, P/O Grenfell William (J86562) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948. Born 2 June 1920 in Edmonton; home in Cambridge Station, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 8 August 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 October 1941), No.4 BGS, No.3 WS and No.5 BGS (graduated as Sergeant, 3 August 1942). Served at No.4 AOS (18 August 1942 to 6 April 1943). Posted overseas in April 1943. Wireless air gunner, killed in action with No.434 Squadron, 27/28 April 1944. Halifax LL243. Buried in Holland. A letter from A/C D.E. McKell dated 15 July 1948 to his mother states that the award was "for his services in the recent war, particularly in recognition of his valuable contribution towards the liberation of Belgium." This appears to be a stock phrase used for all those receiving this honour at the time.

 

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SNOW, F/O John Harold Thomas (J10888) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 4 March 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 July 1941), No.18 EFTS (ceased training 19 January 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 28 February 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 4 April 1942). No citation in AFRO.

 

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SNOW, F/O William Field Crichton (J10517) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Montreal; home in Vancouver, enlisted there 21 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 7 March 1942). Killed in action, 28 January 1943 in crash of Hudson 760 near a convoy; no known grave; name on Ottawa Memorial.

 

Flying Officer Snow has carried out 37 operational sorties over the North Atlantic, having flown 171 operational hours out of a total flying time of 562 hours. During this flying he carried out three well-delivered attacks on enemy submarines. In the execution of his duties this officer has consistently displayed skill and judgment of a high order.

 

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SNYDER, F/L James Clayton (J4338) - Air Force Cross - RCAF Station Rockcliffe (Test and Development Establishment) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, 13 August 1919; educated there and University of Toronto. Enlisted on 20 July 1940 at Montreal (may have been a native of Waterloo, Ontario). Graduated from No.2 ITS (30 September 1940), No.5 EFTS (27 November 1940) and No.5 SFTS (11 March 1941). Had completed 1,845 hours flying at time of award. Award presented 2 May 1946.

 

For almost two years this officer has been in charge of de-icing test flying in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He has personally carried out hundreds of hours of flying. As the research entailed requires the deliberate accretion of ice on the aircraft in various ice-forming weather conditions, this flying has been of the most hazardous nature, requiring great flying skill. Flight Lieutenant Snyder's excellent work has been an inspiration to all who know it and a very definite asset in the prosecution of the war.

 

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SNYDER, LAW (now Corporal) Lilian (W302047) - Mention in Despatches - Station Gander - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 12 January 1905 at Glasgow, Scotland. Enlisted 29 November 1941. Messwoman; remustered to Chef, 12 September 1944. Released 19 January 1945.

 

This airwoman's fine record of constant devotion to duty is worthy of the highest praise. She has conscientiously and cheerfully accepted responsibilities and successfully carried out duties over and above what is normally expected. Her efficient leadership has at all times given confidence to those who have come in contact with her.

 

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SNYDER, P/O (now F/O) Wilbert Sylvester (J25558) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 25 May 1917, Sandwich, Ontario. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 16 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 April 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 29 April 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 29 September 1941), and No.6 BGS (graduated 7 November 1941).

 

This officer has proven himself to be an outstanding navigator who continually sets a fine example in his devotion to duty. In addition to his regular work he is particularly active in improving the standard of navigation, an undertaking to which he applies himself with great determination and cheerfulness.

 

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SOBERING, F/L Gerhard Henry (J88682) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1914 in Letellier, Manitoba; home in Gretna, Manitoba (farmer, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 October 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.23 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned August 1944. Award presented 22 May 1946. DHist biographical file has a nice photo of him as he got married.

 

This officer has completed many operational sorties which have included attacks against such major targets as Frankfurt, Essen and Cologne. Throughout Flight Lieutenant Sobering has shown the utmost enthusiasm and determination to operate against the enemy. In December 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Rheydt. All the bombs failed to release on the first run over the target and Flight Lieutenant Sobering had to make three runs before they were finally released. In addition which over the target one engine developed a severe oil leak. Nevertheless the mission was successfully completed. Flight Lieutenant Sobering's courage and devotion to duty have always been most noteworthy.

 

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SOBOTIN, F/O Arthur Joseph (J25566) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1919 in Edson, Alberta; home in Vancouver. Former member of Canadian Army; enlisted in RCAF in Vancouver, 13 June 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 10 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 25 August 1944 when he had completed 32 sorties (149 hours 45 minutes), 9 April to 18 August 1944.

 

As navigator this officer has completed a large number of sorties, including many against heavily defended targets. By his accurate navigation, often under hazardous circumstances, he has proven a most valuable member of an aircraft crew. His cheerfulness and disregard for danger have been an inspiration to other crew members.

 

It is considered that his fine fighting qualities, skill and devotion to duty, fully merit the award of the D.F.C.

 

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SODEN, F/L Henry Morris (C7298) - Mention in Despatches - Station Gander - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Westmount, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 6 September 1941. Later was a Squadron Leader in No.8 OTU.

 

This officer has been employed as Squadron Adjutant for over two years in an isolated base. During all this time and especially during a period of conversion in the squadron, he has shown outstanding ability in organization and administration. In achieving this, he has cheerfully worked many long hours far above the normal call of duty. To all members of the squadron he has been a constant source of inspiration.

 

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SODEN, F/L James Arthur (C28460) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Enlisted in Montreal, 5 June 1942.

 

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SODERQUIST, FS Delbert Dale (R95447) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.15 Squadron (RAF) - Award effective 4 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 15 December 1942 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943 and London Gazette dated 15 December 1942. Born in Underwood, North Dakota, 1920. Home in Washburn, North Dakota (student). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 11 March 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 29 July 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941). Later commissioned (J16725). Award presented by King George VI, 13 April 1943.

 

During a recent sortie the aircraft in which this airman was flying as mid-upper gunner was attacked by two Junkers 88. Flight Sergeant Sonderquist was wounded in the arm and his turret was damaged. In spite of this he maintained accurate fire, finally destroying one of the attacking aircraft and causing the other to discontinue the engagement. This airman has completed many sorties and has always displayed similar fighting qualities and courage.

 

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SOLDAN, FS (now P/O) Paul (R142650/C90615) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1911; home in Two Hills, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 27 January 1941. Served eleven months with Edmonton Fusiliers. Commissioned 1944. Award presented 14 June 1947.

 

Flight Sergeant Soldan is an outstanding flight engineer. During his operational tour he has displayed fine technical skill and resource which have played a large part in the safe return of his aircraft on numerous occasions. In July 1944, his aircraft was detailed for a mission to Stuttgart and after a successful attack had been accomplished one engine became unserviceable. His aircraft was then attacked by an enemy fighter and the necessary evasive action taken caused the petrol supply to run low. By careful calculations and great ingenuity in conserving the petrol supply Flight Sergeant Soldan enabled his pilot to fly his aircraft safely to a base in this country.

 

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SOLMUNDSSON, P/O (now F/O) Kjartan Ari (J15190) - Commemorative Medal (Norway) - No.426 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 3 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. Wife in Riverton, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 August 1940), No.3 AOS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 19 January 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 15 February 1941). Killed in action 27/28 January 1944 (Lancaster LL688); name on Runnymede Memorial.

 

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SOLOMOS, F/O Harry (J86368) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1922 in Montreal; home there (clerk); enlisted there 22 May 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 12 February 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 Vol.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 November 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (151 hours five minutes), 4 July to 11 November 1944.

 

This officer has since July 1944 compiled a record of thirty-one operational sorties over enemy territory, including such heavily defended targets as Hamburg (2), Duisburg (3) and Dortmund.

 

The successful completion of these sorties has been due largely to the initiative, resourcefulness and skilful airmanship of this officer. He has always set his mind on the task in hand, fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, thereby setting a magnificent example to his crew, and the squadron in general. His cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

Flying Officer Solomos has consistently shown great devotion to duty and I consider that he in every respect fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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SOMERVILLE, S/L Ian (C4799) - Air Force Cross - No.15 EFTS - Award effective 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Enlisted in Vancouver, 7 February 1940. Trained at Camp Borden and Trenton. Award presented. The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.

 

Squadron Leader Somerville has been employed as Chief Flying Instructor at this school for the past ten months. The keen interest afforded by this officer to the training of every pupil at this school, coupled with his enthusiasm and devotion to duty, has made him an outstanding example to all instructors under him. He is an above average flying instructor and a capable officer who has completed a total of 2,588 flying hours, of which 1,288 hours are instructional given over a period of eighteen months.

 

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SOMERVILLE, S/L James Dean (C1999) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 20 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born Exshaw, Alberta, 14 August 1908; educated in England, 1915-1918, Cochrane, Alberta (1918-1922), and Toronto. Trained as an electrical engineer. Home in Ottawa. Formerly in Canadian Militia, May 1933 to February 1934. Joined RCAF, 8 May 1934 as a fitter with No.110 Squadron. Commissioned 1 April 1940. Promoted to Flying Officer on same day; to Flight Lieutenant, 15 June 1941; to Squadron Leader, 1 July 1942; instructed at No.11 SFTS, 10 April 1941 to May 1943; arrived in UK, 13 July 1943;; with No.410 Squadron, 21 December 1943 to 9 October 1944 and No.409 Squadron, 9 October 1944 to 19 March 1945; promoted to Wing Commander, 9 October 1944; to Group Captain, 1 January 1953. Retired 20 February 1960. Cited with F/O George D. Robinson (RCAF observer, awarded DFC; see above for citation). DSO and DFC presented 29 November 1947. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Group Captain, No.1 Wing). Photo PL-36168 shows him well. Aerial victories as follows: 12/13 February 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed and one Ju.88 damaged; 1/2 August 1944, one Ju.188 destroyed northeast of Tessy; 2/3 August 1944, one Do.217 destroyed northwest of Pontorson; 6/7 August 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed, St.Hilaire; 14/15 August 1944, one Ju88 destroyed west of Le Havre; 18/19 December 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed, Kaiseworth; 23/24 January 1945, one Ju.188 destroyed west of Diest. Photographs are PL-28994 (Robinson and Somerville), PL-36168 (studio portrait, 1944) and PL-95232 (portrait, 1957).

 

SOMERVILLE, W/C James Dean, DFC (C1999) - Distinguished Service Order - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 16 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.

 

This officer has displayed outstanding efficiency, great courage and determination, qualities which have been well reflected in the fine fighting spirit of the squadron he commands. He has completed very many sorties and has destroyed seven enemy aircraft at night. He has set a fine example of loyal and devoted service.

 

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SONDERGAARD, P/O Andrew Christian (C18909) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born in Denmark, 1916; home in Ponoka, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 19 April 1940. Commissioned 1943. Award presented by King George VI, 11 August 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9153 has recommendation dated 23 November 1943 when he had flown 36 sorties (291 hours 15 minutes).

 

9 Dec 42 Anti-sub patrol (9.00) 3 July 43 Cologne (5.07)

17 Dec 42 do. (9.05) 25 Jul 43 Essen (5.05)

20 Dec 42 do. (10.00) 27 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.36)

26 Dec 42 do. (7.05) 2 Aug 43 Hamburg (5.46)

2 Jan 43 do. (8.10) 9 Aug 43 Mannheim (5.49)

21 Jan 43 do. (10.05) 10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.18)

25 Jan 43 do. (4.15) 12 Aug 43 Turin (7.46)

5 Feb 43 do. (8.25) 16 Aug 43 Turin (8.01)

8 Feb 43 do. (9.15) 17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.42)

11 Feb 43 do. (8.15) 23 Aug 43 Berlin (6.56)

14 Feb 43 do. (8.30) 27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.15)

21 Feb 43 do. (10.20) 30 Aug 43 Munchen Gladbach (3.57)

24 Feb 43 do. (10.00) 31 Aug 43 Forest (2.58)

4 May 43 Dortmund (5.59) 5 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.24)

23 May 43 Dortmund (5.26) 8 Sept 43 Boulogne (2.57)

27 May 43 Essen (5.26) 7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (5.53)

29 May 43 Wuppertal (4.41) 8 Oct 43 Hanover (4.27)

19 Jun 43 Le Creusot (5.58) 18 Oct 43 Hanover (4.24)

21 Jun 43 Krefeld (4.21) 10 Nov 43 Modane (7.08)

24 Jun 43 Elberfield (4.51) 17 Nov 43 Mannheim (4.59)

28 Jun 43 Cologne (4.37) 18 Nov 43 Berlin (7.32)

 

Pilot Officer Sondergaard has completed 36 operational sorties against many of the enemy's most heavily defended targets. He has invariably displayed coolness and courage of the highest order, and by his exceptional skill and devotion to duty has contributed much to making all the attacks he took part in successful ones. This officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SONNICHSEN, F/O Andre Knud (C22607) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command (now Station Dartmouth) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 1 December 1903 in Senderho, Denmark, home in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Enlisted in Halifax, 11 July 1941. See photograph PL-24408 and RCAF Press Release No.3047 when he was tied to the supply ship "Beaver" on her trip to and from Iceland, which he considered his most difficult trip, narrowly escaping being dashed against a 300-foot cliff when caught in an ice field near Newfoundland. Photo PL-24408 shows him well.

 

This officer, as master of an RCAF Marine Craft, has carried out many difficult assignments in extremely adverse weather conditions in the north. He has displayed initiative, enthusiasm and despatch in making possible the opening up of bases so essential to the prosecution of the war. In addition to superbly navigating his small vessel through uncharted waters, he charted and sounded many hazardous inlets, thereby providing information of inestimable value to future operations in the area.

 

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SORENSEN, F/L Paul Elmer (C1576) - Air Force Cross - No.9 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Seattle, Washington, 27 November 1911. Home in Picton, Ontario; enlisted at Camp Borden. Award presented 16 April 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant Sorensen has been in charge of training in his squadron since the squadron's formation. During this time he has shown unflagging zeal and the high standard of aircrew efficiency displayed by his squadron has been largely due to his efforts and ability. He is an outstanding pilot and his enthusiasm and devotion to duty whilst flying are exceptional.

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SORENSON, F/L Stanley Peter (J87861) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1918 in Saskatoon; home in Rouleau, Saskatchewan (clerk, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Regina, 19 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 May 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 11 October 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 3 January 1942). Commissioned June 1944. Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. Served in postwar RCAF. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C W.F. McKinnon dated 4 April 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (216 hours 35 minutes), 25 August 1944 to 1 March 1945 including Nuremburg, 2 January 1945 (nine hours 10 minutes), Dresden, 13 February 1945 (11 hours), and Chemnitz, 14 February 1945 (nine hours 12 minutes).

 

Flight Lieutenant Sorenson has completed an operational tour against the enemy, including such heavily defended targets as Duisburg, Essen, Bochum, Mannheim and many others.

 

This pilot was on the outward journey of an operational mission when his port inner engine failed due to a defective C.S.U. The engine was feathered and the trip continued. Shortly after this his starboard inner engine gave trouble and had to be feathered. His fine flying ability enabled him to proceed out to sea to safely drop his bombs with only two engines running, then return to an aerodrome in England. Showing remarkable skill and coolness he landed the aircraft successfully without his normal hydraulic systems or his gyro flying instruments.

 

Throughout his operational tour, this pilot has invariably shown great keenness to engage the enemy and drop his bombs with the utmost accuracy. His courage and devotion to duty, always of the highest order, has set a fine example for the rest of his squadron.

 

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SORGE, F/O Francis Stewart (J18403) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.602 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born 1922 in Pincher Creek, Alberta; home there; enlisted Calgary, 11 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 14 June 1947. Aerial victories with No.602 Squadron as follows: 4 September 1943, one enemy aircraft destroyed; 24 October 1943, one Bf.109F destroyed. To Class "E" Reserve, 26 February 1945.

 

Flying Officer Sorge has completed a great variety of sorties including bomber escorts and shipping reconnaissances. He has had many engagements with enemy aircraft, personally destroying two and also one anti-aircraft ship. His keenness and fine fighting spirit have at all times been most commendable.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9633 has recommendation dated 31 March 1944 when he had flown 89 sorties (180 operational hours). The text is more detailed than the above:

 

The above pilot has been in the squadron for 20 months and has completed 89 offensive sorties amounting to 180 operational hours. Of these sorties, nine have been fighter sweeps, 67 medium bomber escorts, seven heavy bomber escorts, and four shipping reconnaissances. On 18 of these occasions he has been closely engaged with enemy fighters, and he has destroyed one Focke Wulf 190 and one Messerschmitt 109, badly damaged one flak ship, and left a tanker damaged and smoking. At all times he has shown exceptional keenness to partake in operations to engage the enemy and his aggressive spirit has been a great influence in the squadron.

 

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SORSDAHL, WO (now P/O) Earl Edward (R70517/J16664) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943. Born 1916 in Midale, Saskatchewan; home there (teacher); enlisted in Hamilton, 2 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 December 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 12 May 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 3 March 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 10 June 1941). Award presented by King George VI, 29 June 1943.

 

During his many sorties against the enemy, Warrant Officer Sorsdahl has always shown great determination and skill in reaching the target. His sound methods and careful preparation both before and during each sortie have contributed largely to the success achieved.

 

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SOSIAK, FS John (R162332) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1917 in Transcona, Manitoba; home there; enlisted in Winnipeg, 21 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 January 1943), No.2 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 26 May 1943). NOTE: The latter two dates are too close together and should be checked. Award presented 13 September 1947. The following brief citation appears in the AFRO: "This airman has completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1633 (RG.24 Vol.20603) has recommendation dated 18 August 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (140 hours five minutes), 9 April to 15 August 1944. Medals with logbook and other documents offered for sale by Gateway Militaria, Catalogue No.14 (1999 ?) for $ 750.00.

 

Flight Sergeant Sosiak has completed a tour of operations on four-engine bombers. During his tour he bombed many targets both in Germany and in occupied Europe in an exceptionally accurate and conclusive manner. As a bomb aimer he is outstanding. Regardless of the heaviest German defences, he always pressed home the attack and would never release his bombs unless absolutely certain that the target was in his bombsight. The accuracy of his bombing is well proven by the excellence of his photographs of tactical targets in occupied Europe. The percentage of aiming point pictures he obtained is of the highest order and he has set a standard of bombing accuracy which all crews on this squadron are trying to equal.

 

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SOUCH, P/O George Allan (J16825) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 20 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born 1916l; home in Toronto; enlisted there 7 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.5 AOS (graduated 17 January 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 14 April 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 1 December 1948.

 

As bomb aimer this officer has completed many operational sorties, some of them over major German targets. He has consistently applied himself to improving his efficiency and has obtained some excellent photographs of the target areas. His skill and courage have been in a large measure responsible for the successes attained by his crew.

 

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SOUMIS, P/O Joseph Anthime Marcel (J86177) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1920 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 7 August 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 18 July 1942) and No.6 BGS (graduated 22 June 1942). Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail 13 November 1948. Served in postwar RCAF. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 22 June 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (210 hours 10 minutes), 20 April 1943 to 7 June 1944.

 

This officer has been with the squadron since its formation. He has completed thirty-three operations, twenty-three of which have been against heavily defended targets in Germany. He has always possessed coolness and displayed exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger. This fearless courage, outstanding determination and zealous devotion to duty are a brilliant example and inspiration to all gunners in the squadron.

 

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SOUTAR, F/O James Riley (J21823) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born Dundee, Scotland, 1915; home there or Carman, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 15 September 1939. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 July 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 28 August 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 9 April 1949.

 

Flying Officer Soutar has flown on many sorties as navigator. He has operated against such heavily defended targets as Essen, Frankfurt and also in the Middle East theatre of war. He has proved himself a most capable navigator who has always displayed outstanding determination and fortitude.

 

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SOUTER, F/O Donald Ross (J89782) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born 1923 in Calgary; home there (butcher, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 17 February 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned April 1944. Award presented 18 June 1949 at No.10 Repair Depot; served in postwar RCAF.

 

This officer has participated in attacks against some of the enemy's most important and heavily defended targets. In September 1944, following a successful sortie to Rheydt his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter and severely damaged. Despite this Flying Officer Souter engaged, damaged, and drove off the attacker, afterwards flying the crippled bomber safely back to base. As pilot and captain of aircraft this officer has consistently shown calm courage, resource and determination in the face of the enemy.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9049 has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 which has sortie list and a more descriptive account of his tour than that published above; he had flown 30 sorties (28 successful) totalling 168 hours 20 minutes:

 

* unsuccessful sortie

 

11 Aug 44 Givors 24 Sept 44 Calais

14 Aug 44 Brest 26 Sept 44 Karlsruhe

15 Aug 44 Gilze Rijen 27 Sept 44 Kaiserlauten

16 Aug 44 Stettin 5 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven*, recalled

18 Aug 44 Ile Adam 5 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven

19 Aug 44 La Pallice 6 Oct 44 Bremen

25 Aug 44 Darmstadt 23 Oct 44 Flushing

26 Aug 44 Konigsburg 28 Oct 44 Bergen

29 Aug 44 Konigsburg 1 Nov 44 Dusseldorf*, port outer unserviceable

10 Sept 44 Le Havre 4 Nov 44 Dortmund-Ems Canal

11 Sept 44 Darmstadt 6 Nov 44 Dortmund-Ems Canal

12 Sept 44 Stuttgart 11 Nov 44 Hamburg

17 Sept 44 Boulogne 16 Nov 44 Duren

19 Sept 44 Rheydt 4 Dec 44 Heilbronn

23 Sept 44 Dortmund-Ems Canal 6 Dec 44 Gieszone

 

Flying Officer Souter has completed 28 successful sorties comprising 168 hours of operational flying including many attacks on German targets such as Stettin, Darmstadt (twice), Koenigsburg (twice), Wilhelmshaven, Bremen, Dusseldorf and Hamburg,

 

On the night of the 19/20 September 1944, after a successful attack on Rheydt, on the homeward journey, Flying Officer Souter's aircraft was attacked by an enemy night fighter which resulted in extensive damage to both fins and rudders of his aircraft. By skilful handling of his aircraft and despite the damage sustained, the enemy aircraft was engaged, damaged and driven off. Flying Officer Souter then flew his aircraft back to base and landed it safely.

 

Again, when attacking the Dortmund-Ems Canal on the night of 6/7th November 1944, Flying Officer Souter's aircraft was hit by heavy flak whilst on the bombing run. Undeterred, Flying Officer Souter held steadily on to the target and attacked it successfully. On the return journey, it was found that both GEE and Wireless Telephone had been put out of commission and that the fuselage was holed by flak, but Flying Officer Souter successfully flew back to this country on D/R Navigation and landed safely.

 

Flying Officer Souter has at all times shown a cheerful disregard for danger, coupled with calm courage and a high degree of skill as a pilot and captain of aircraft. His skill, determination and resource have been an inspiration to his fellow pilots and to his squadron. He is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SOUTHAM, W/C Kenneth Gordon (C1496) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Central Flying School - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 January 1940. Graduated from No.1 SFTS, 13 July 1940. When recommended he had flown 1,777 hours, 1,560 as instructor, 80 hours in previous six months. Award sent by registered mail 12 April 1948.

 

This officer has displayed exceptional keenness and ability as a flying instructor for nearly five years. During this time he has held positions of Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, and Chief Instructor of a Service Flying Training School. At the present he is holding the position of Officer Commanding, No.1 Composite Visiting Flight. His skill, willingness and enthusiasm have contributed much to the science of Flying Training and his great devotion to duty have [sic] established a splendid example amongst those with whom he has served.

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SOUTHCOTT, P/O Gordon Clarence (J85956) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1922 in St.Catharines, Ontario; home there (clerk); enlisted in Hamilton, 13 February 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 8 January 1943). Commissioned April 1944. Award sent by registered mail 19 February 1949. No citation in AFRO other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded from squadron, date uncertain but apparently early July 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (209 hours). Postwar he worked for Gulf Oil, retiring in 1982. Died in Toronto, 7 December 1995.

 

This Bomb Aimer has completed thirty-one operational bombing attacks against the enemy. His work in general has been of a very high calibre and his loyalty and devotion to duty worthy of commendation.

 

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SOUTHERST, F/L Douglas Wilson (J20045) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 31 October 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.3 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Certificate sent 10 August 1948.

 

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SOUTHWARD, F/L Lloyd Kenneth (J26455) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1918 in Lincoln County, Ontario; home in Beamsville, Ontario (fruit and vegetable inspector, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted London, Ontario, 6 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 10 January 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented at Stamford Centre, 7 August 1949. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 18 March 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (198 hours 55 minutes), 9 August 1944 to 8 March 1945.

 

9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (4.00) 21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (6.05)

12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (5.40) 29 Nov 44 Essen (6.00)

15 Aug 44 Tir le Mont (3.35) 12 Dec 44 Essen (6.05)

17 Aug 44 Brest (4.40) 26 Dec 44 St.Vith (5.45)

1 Sept 44 La Pourchante (3.30) 30 Dec 44 Cologne (6.05)

3 Sept 44 Sousterburg (3.30) 2 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (6.20)

12 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.05) 6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.30)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.30) 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.35)

20 Sep 44 Calais (3.25) 9 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.40)

25 Sep 44 Calais (3.50) 13 Feb 45 Bolhem (8.00)

27 Sep 44 Calais (3.15) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.10)

7 Oct 44 Cleve (4.10) 17 Feb 45 Wesel (5.15)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.55) 20 Feb 45 Reizholz (6.50)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.15) 23 Feb 45 Essen (5.10)

28 Oct 44 Westkapelle (2.45) 24 Feb 45 Kamen (6.10)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.15) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.05)

4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.50) 3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.10)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.30) 7 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt (6.15)

18 Nov 44 Munster (5.00) 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.45)

 

Flight Lieutenant Southward has completed a tour of 38 operations against Germany and enemy occupied territory. He has attacked such heavily defended targets as Chemnitz, Essen, Mainz, Hamburg, etc. and has at all times displayed high qualities of skill and courage throughout. His devotion to duty and determination to carry out to the full all the missions he was detailed for, I consider merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SOWERBY, F/O Charles Ernest Robert (J24664) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1916 in St.James, Manitoba; home in St.Vital, Manitoba (welder)enlisted in Winnipeg. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 21 November 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 3 April 1943). Commissioned May 1943. Posted to No.426 Squadron from No.425, 22 May 1944; navigator to Flight Sergeant C.A. Selfe. Award presented at Esquimalt, 21 July 1956. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 14 April 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (200 hours 30 minutes) from 19 April 1944 to 11 March 1945. On 6 June 1944 he had baled out and broke an ankle, returning to operations 21 October 1944 (recalled to base - this was likely the half-mission).

 

This navigator has completed a tour of operations against such targets as Hamburg, Kiel, Cologne and other heavily defended German cities. He has at all times shown himself to be a skilful and reliable navigator whose energy and enthusiasm has set a high example to other navigators. His determination and courage are worthy of highest praise and no effort has been spared on his part to ensure the highest standard of navigation both for himself and other navigators of the squadron...

 

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SPACKMAN, F/O Grant Lawrence (J23988) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 13 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born Lethbridge, 1921; home in Raymond, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 25 February 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 19 January 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented by King George VI, 11 August 1944. Cited with F/O M.C. Sherwood (which see for citation).

 

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SPACKMAN, F/O William Reynolds (J16826) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron ? - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Innisfail, Alberta. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 17 January 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 8 December 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 23 February 1942). Was recommended for a Non-Immediate DFC for services with No.425 Squadron, 3 August 1943, but not awarded. At that time he was a Pilot Officer with 32 sorties (201:40 operational hours) behind him. Noted as a "most skilful navigator" who had attacked targets in Germany and Italy.

 

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SPAFFORD, F/L Frank Ronald (J23446) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 December 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943).

 

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SPAFFORD, F/L Wyllie Hall (J14328) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 21 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born 23 November 1915 in Toronto, raised in Winnipeg (educated at University of Manitoba); enlisted there 6 November 1940. Trained at No.14 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1942. Commissioned 1942. Flew with No.426 Squadron prior to posting to No.408 Squadron. In postwar RCAF with B-29s on LORAN duty, 1946-1947. As of 1 July 1956 he was a Wing Commander. Obituary notice stated that at Moose Jaw he had trained pilots for the Golden Hawks aerobatic teamand for the first Snowbirds aerobatic team. Upon retirement (1964) he worked in private business, for the Saskatchewan government and, from 1971 onwards, for the Canadian International Development Agency, assigned to Nigeria. Died in Ottawa, 20 March 1999; extensive obituary article in Ottawa Citizen of 22 March 1999. Award presented by King George VI, 11 August 1944.

 

This officer has displayed a high standard of skill and gallantry in air operations against the enemy. He has completed many sorties during which he has attacked such strongly defended targets as Berlin, Frankfurt and Mannheim. He has invariably pressed home his attacks with vigour and has obtained much success. He is a most inspiring leader.

 

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SPANKIE, F/L Edward (J86068) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 31 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 12 February 1946 and AFRO 322/45 dated 29 March 1946. Born 1915 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; home in Calgary (motor mechanic); enlisted in Edmonton, 10 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 January 1943), No.15 EFTS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned April 1944. Killed in action with No.166 Squadron, 1 February 1945 (Lancaster ME648); buried in Germany. Award sent by registered mail from Government House to his widow, 7 November 1949.

 

Flight Lieutenant Spankie as deputy flight commander and captain of aircraft has completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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SPANNER, F/O Frederick Gordon (J15722) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born 1915; home in Toronto; enlisted there 22 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 17 August 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 21 December 1940), No.1 AOS (graduated 8 November 1940) and No.1 ANS (graduated 28 January 1941). Commissioned 1942. Killed in action with No.207 Squadron, 3 September 1943 (Lancaster ED832); name on Runnymede Memorial. Award presented to next-of-kin by Governor General, 27 June 1945.

 

This officer has displayed outstanding efficiency as a bomb-aimer on many operational missions. He was a member of one of the crews especially selected for the "Shuttle Service" attacks on Friedrichshafen and Spezia and has also operated over targets on the Ruhr. On all occasions he has displayed eagerness to undertake any duty however hazardous and has secured many successful photographs. As deputy bombing leader Flying Officer Spanner has shown organizing ability which has proved a great asset to the squadron.

 

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SPANNIER, WO2 Edward George (R163686) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 17 June 1919 in Saskatchewan; home in Claybank, Saskatchewan (teacher). Enlisted in Regina, 4 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Posted overseas, May 1943; repatriated 17 November 1944; released 16 March 1945. Award presented 18 May 1946.

 

Warrant Officer Spannier has participated in attacks on vital and heavily defended targets including Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Nuremburg, Essen and Cologne. He has shown himself a most keen and reliable officer and his courage and tenacity merit high praise. He has obtained many very successful photographs which have proved of great value.

 

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SPARKS, W/C Bryan Noble George (C1492) - Distinguished Service Order - No.356 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 25 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 2 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born 1913 in Wormley, Herts.; home in Windsor or Walkerville, Ontario (mechanic); enlisted in Windsor, 2 January 1940. Commissioned January 1940. Died of natural causes, 11 August 1945 in Malaya. Award presented to next-of-kin, 1 April 1949.

 

First as flight commander, and later as squadron commander, this officer has proved to be an outstanding leader both in the air and on the ground. On operations his enthusiasm, skill and cheerful courage have set an inspiring example and have been reflected in the high standard of operational efficiency maintained in his squadron. Wing Commander Sparks' leadership has materially contributed to the successful completion of many missions flown by his squadron in formation and in single sorties.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9132 has recommendation dated 19 May 1945 when he had flown 27 sorties (269 hours five minutes) as follows:

 

1 Jan 45 Burma/Siam Railway south of Moulmein (6.00 by day and 5.00 by night)

4 Jan 45 Burma/Siam Railway, Anankwin; weather bad so attacked secondary, Taungup (6.30 by day and 1.55 by night)

8 Jan 45 Low level, Bangkok/Siam Railway (10.45 by day, .40 by night)

11 Jan 45 Low level, Bangkok/Chienhmai Railway (11.30, day)

16 Jan 45 Mingaladon aerodrome, Rangoon (8.50, day)

21 Jan 45 Kyaukpiu, Ramree Island (5.30 by day, 1.00 by night)

25 Jan 45 Railway installations, Amapura (7.25)

31 Jan 45 Japanese army headquarters, Kyaukse (7.40)

5 Feb 45 Army storage dumps, Madaya (7.35)

11 Feb 45 Supply areas north of Victoria Lake, Rangoon (8.45, day)

18 Feb 45 Japanese troops concentrations, Yenangyaung (6.40, day)

22 Feb 45 Kyaungmhudaw Pagoda (7.10, day)

25 Feb 45 Taunggyi (7.20, day)

28 Feb 45 Korat (7.15 by day, 6.00 by night)

4 Mar 45 Railway yards, Bangkok (2.30 by day, 10.40 by night)

7 Mar 45 Martaban Jettice (10.40, day)

17 Mar 45 Rangoon dumps (10.00, day)

19 Mar 45 Railway stores, Na Nien (13.20 by day, 2.00 by night)

29 Mar 45 Low level attack, bridge 148 on Burma/Siam railway (8.15 by day and 3.00 by night)

2 Apr 45 Railway repair sheds, stores yards, Kieng Kol (5.45 by night, 9.00 by day)

14 Apr 45 Electric power plant, Bangkok (11.00 by day, 2.00 by night)

18 Apr 45 Lock gates on Klong Damneon Saudauk Canal, Bangkok (12.00 by day, 2.00 by night)

25 Apr 45 "M" Dumps, Rangoon (8.35, day)

27 Apr 45 "L" Dumps, Rangoon (3.00 by day, 5.50 by night)

2 May 45 Gun positions on Rangoon River (4.30 by day, 5.00 by night)

10 May 45 Dump positions, Mergul (13.15, day)

14 May 45 Port Blair, Andaman Island; ordered to return when half-way out (5.30 by day)

 

Apart from the DFC citation (which is virtually identical between recommendation and final publication), the remarks of the Air Commodore commanding No.231 Group, RAF, bear quoting:

 

Wing Commander Sparks has proved himself a quite outstanding squadron commander. He is an exceptionally able captain of aircraft and has displayed at all times the greatest possible enthusiasm for operations. His personal courage and skill as a formation leader are exceptional and have been an inspiration to those serving under him in the squadron. Wing Commander Sparks has brought his squadron to a very high pitch of efficiency and the bombing results achieved by this squadron have been second to none in the Strategic Air Force. The morale of his squadron has reached a very high peak and I attribute this to Wing Commander Sparks' personal example, energy, powers of leadership and flair as a disciplinarian.

 

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SPARLING, W/C Clarence Coates (C1957) - Mention in Despatches - No.61 Base (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Flin Flon, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 April 1940. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009.D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation for an OBE sent to No.6 Group HQ, 18 January 1944.

 

As a result of long service and experience in the Army and the Air Force, and augmented by his legal experience as one of His Majesty's King's Counsel, this officer has been outstanding in Oranizational and Legal matters pertaining to the service. His early work connected with the organization of Initial Training Schools under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and later in organization of the Air Cadets of Canada, have had marked effect. In England, organization of the first RCAF Base Headquarters was his responsibility and was completed in a most commendable manner. Under his guidance this important Headquarters is now functioning smoothly.

 

In addition to this organizational effort which has taken long and strenuous hours under sometimes very trying circumstances, this officer has given much of his spare time to personnel in an endeavour to solve and straighten out their personal and worrying problems, legal and domestic. He has, in addition, rendered legal assistance, unstintingly, in Court Martial work. During his service as a whole he has given to his country a great deal more than ordinary labour and effort. His service has been cheerful, unselfish and without restraint.

 

For zeal and faithfulness in the performance of ordinary duty, and for voluntary and unselfish performance of many extraordinary duties for the benefit of the service and personnel, and for his exceptional tenacity and fine record of achievement, Wing Commander Sparling is strongly recommended for the award of the Order of the British Empire.

 

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SPARLING, S/L John Barry (J4109) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Cobourg, Ontario, 8 January 1916; educated there and Belleville. Insurance salesman. Home in Oshawa, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 22 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 15 February 1941). Award sent by registered mail 22 November 1945. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation; when recommended he had flown 1,700 hours, 1,400 as instructor.

 

This officer has rendered exceptional services as a flying instructor, flight commander and squadron commander at Service Flying Training Schools in this Command before assuming staff duties at Command Headquarters. In that capacity his work and devotion have been of a high order and have done much to improve the standard of flying training. His contribution in this field has been outstanding and he has set a fine example for others to follow.

 

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SPARLING, S/L Sydney Elliott (C4096) - Order of the White Lion, Class IV (Czechoslovakia) - Award effective 5 October 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 991/46 dated 18 October 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted in Toronto, 3 February 1941.

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SPAULDING, F/L Allen Perkins (J6714) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.3 Training Command (now No.1 Y Depot) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 26 July 1912 at Buffalo, New York. Enlisted in Toronto, 23 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 March 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 9 August 1941).

 

This officer as a Navigation Flying Instructor with a considerable number of flying instructional hours to his credit has displayed skill and a high degree of initiative. Now employed as Command Officer in charge of the Navigation Training of Elementary and Service Flying, his record of training is one of great devotion to duty and meritorious service.

 

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SPEAK, F/O Walter Phillip (J35117) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1916 in Findlater, Saskatchewan; home in London, Ontario or Brussells, Ontario; enlisted in Edmonton, 9 June 1942. Employed in building bridges. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.7 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail 26 September 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 20 October 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (161 hours 55 minutes), 16 June to 14 October 1944.

 

This officer, the Air Bomber of the crew captained by Flying Officer J.D.R. Nixon, has now completed thirty-three operational sorties over enemy territory comprising a wide variety of targets both in France and in Germany. The courage, skill and determination in action displayed at all times by Flying Officer Speak have been a great inspiration to his crew, and his coolness and devotion to duty has contributed in a large measure to the success of his many operational flights.

 

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SPEARING, P/O Carl Alexander (J92664) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1910 in Haldimand, Ontario; home in Hamilton (driver-salesman); enlisted in Hamilton, 21 January 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned November 1944. Award sent by registered mail 16 November 1945. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 20 January 1945 when he had flown 56 sorties (239 hours 31 minutes), 13 March 1944 to 16 January 1945.

 

13 Mar 44 NICKLING Melun (5.15) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (2.30)

22 May 44 Le Mans (5.05) 12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.20)

2 June 44 Neufchatel (4.30) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.20)

6 June 44 Houlgate (4.20) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (1.55)

6 June 44 Coutances (4.40) 17 Sep 44 Walcheren (1.55)

7 June 44 Acheres (4.50) 20 Sep 44 Calais (2.10)

9 June 44 Le Mans (5.25) 23 Sep 44 Domburg (1.55)

12 Jun 44 Cambrai (4.50) 25 Sep 44 Calais (1.55)

14 Jun 44 St.Pol (4.25) 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.45)

15 Jun 44 Boulogne (3.35) 27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.20)

16 Jun 44 Sautrecourt (4.00) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.25)

21 Jun 44 St.Martin (4.05) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (2.10)

23 Jun 44 Bientques (3.55) 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (4.50)

27 Jun 44 Foret d'Eawy (3.50) 11 Oct 44 Fort Frederick (2.20)

1 July 44 Biennias (4.40) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.20)

4 July 44 Biennias (3.45) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.15)

5 July 44 Biennias (3.45) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (2.25), DNCO

7 July 44 Caen (5.05) 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg (5.00)

12 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.30) 27 Nov 44 Neuss (4.00)

15 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.45) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (4.25)

12 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.15) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.20)

14 Aug 44 Army support (2.45) 17 Dec 44 Ulm (6.15)

18 Aug 44 Bremen (5.05) 22 Dec 44 Bingen (4.35)

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (6.55) 28 Dec 44 Bonn (4.10)

26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.45) 29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.50)

28 Aug 44 Fromental (2.20) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (6.41)

29 Aug 44 Cap Gris Nez (2.10) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (4.40)

6 Sept 44 Emden (4.00) 7 Jan 45 Munich (6.59)

8 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.35) 16 Jan 45 Zeitz (6.46)

 

Pilot Officer Spearing is an excellent and efficient Air Gunner who has participated in attacks on enemy strongholds including such heavily defended targets as Hanover, Munich, Duisburg and Bremen. His skill and efficiency as an Air Gunner has contributed in no small way to the successes attained by his crew. His determination to carry out all missions successfully makes him a very reliable crew member.

 

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SPECTOR, F/L Hyman (J15805) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.571 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1920 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 11 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 January 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 12 May 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 21 June 1941). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 1 April 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 20 October 1944 when he had flown 73 sorties (302 hours 50 minutes) on two tours (first squadron not identified).

 

First Tour Second Tour

 

1 Apr 42 Le Havre (5.05) 22 June 44 Hamburg (4.05)

5 Apr 44 Heligoland (6.30) 23 June 44 Bremen (3.25)

10 Apr 42 Heligoland (5.30) 25 June 44 Hamburg (2.35)

12 Apr 42 Essen (5.30) 26 June 44 Gottingen (4.25)

14 Apr 42 Dortmund (5.05) 30 June 44 Homberg (2.40)

15 Apr 42 Dortmund (1.20, DNCO) 5 July 44 Scholven (2.40)

22 Apr 42 Cologne (6.00) 10 July 44 Berlin (4.20)

24 Apr 42 Rostock (7.45) 15 July 44 Berlin (4.15)

26 Apr 44 Rostock (7.12) 16 July 44 Homberg (2.50)

2 May 42 La Rochelle (6.40) 18 July 44 Berlin (4.20)

4 May 42 Stuttgart (6.00) 20 July 44 Hamburg (3.30)

17 May 42 Borkum (4.20) 23 July 44 Berlin (4.05)

19 May 42 Mannheim (5.00) 25 July 44 Berlin (4.25)

21 May 42 Lorient (5.50) 27 July 44 Hamburg (3.15)

30 May 42 Cologne (4.05) 5 Aug 44 Wanne Eickel (2.45)

2 June 42 Essen (3.25) 6 Aug 44 Castrop Rauxel (3.00)

6 June 42 Emden (4.30) 10 Aug 44 Berlin (4.15)

8 June 42 Essen (3.40) 11 Aug 44 Berlin (4.20)

18 June 42 Borkum (4.10) 13 Aug 44 Hannover (3.45)

19 June 42 Emden (4.00) 15 Aug 44 Berlin (4.20)

21 June 42 Borkum (4.00) 16 Aug 44 Kiel (3.30)

22 June 42 Emden (1.35) 18 Aug 44 Berlin (4.20)

25 June 44 Bremen (7.55) 23 Aug 44 Cologne (3.05)

27 June 42 Bremen (4.20) 25 Aug 44 Berlin (4.40)

29 June 42 Bremen (4.45) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (3.45)

2 July 42 Bremen (4.25) 28 Aug 44 Essen (2.40)

8 July 42 Wilhelmshaven (4.10) 30 Aug 44 Frankfurt (3.40)

23 July 42 Duisburg (3.30) 1 Sept 44 Bremen (3.10)

25 July 42 Duisburg (3.40) 4 Sept 44 Karlsruhe (3.30)

26 July 42 Hamburg (5.45) 5 Sept 44 Hannover (3.35)

31 July 42 Dusseldorf (4.45) 15 Sept 44 Berlin (4.25)

18 Sept 44 Berlin (4.10)

25 Sept 44 Mannheim (3.10)

27 Sept 44 Kassel (3.15)

29 Sept 44 Karlsruhe (3.10)

30 Sept 44 Hamburg (3.45)

3 Oct 44 Kassel (3.11)

9 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (2.53)

11 Oct 44 Berlin (4.26)

13 Oct 44 Cologne (2.42)

15 Oct 44 Hamburg (3.55)

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (4.11)

 

Flight Lieutenant Spector is a navigator whose skill and enthusiasm have contributed greatly to the successful accomplishment of the 42 bombing missions in which he has taken part with this squadron. His coolness in the face of enemy fire warrant the highest praise and I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SPEED, S/L Arthur William (J4332) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.2 Flying Instructor School - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Edmonton; enlisted in Winnipeg, 19 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 27 November 1940), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 11 March 1941).

 

This flying instructor has at all times displayed initiative and untiring energy in the execution of his duties. The results obtained by this officer, through his service knowledge, skill and efficiency, have been such as to produce excellent results in pilot training. His leadership and organizing ability are of the highest quality. On many occasions he has cheerfully spent long hours in the development of new ideas, which have had a marked effect upon the training at this unit.

 

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SPEER, F/O (now F/L) Vernon Wilson (C12437) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 10 February 1936. No training card in file.

 

This officer has done outstanding work while in charge of the map and chart construction section of Western Air Command Operations. He has set a very fine example through his leadership and devotion to duty which is reflected in the high quality of the work produced. NOTE: CITATION CUT OFF IN MID-WORD - MUST BE MORE.

 

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SPEIGHT, F/O Harry Cecil (J86681) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1915 in Vanguard, Saskatchewan; home in Sioux Lookout, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 19 February 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail 20 April 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 4 November 1944 when he had completed 36 sorties (192 hours 15 minutes), 18 March to 17 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Speight has successfully attacked 36 targets during a very successful tour of operations. The high state of efficiency of his crew and their enthusiasm to operate can be traced primarily to this officer's fine leadership and crew captaincy. Flying Officer Speight has invariably shown great determination to press home his attacks to the best advantage and his cool courage and efficiency have inspired all who came in contact with him.

 

I consider the devotion to duty and undaunted resolution of this most efficient officer fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SPELLER, WO2 Robert Gordon (R52559) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Niagara Falls, Ontario, 18 November 1939.

 

This Warrant Officer has performed exemplary work in the field of Signals in this Command. As Warrant Officer in charge he originally opened and operated Northern Labrador Royal Canadian Air Force Signals Bases. His work was exceptional and did much to maintain morale and efficiency. Later as Warrant Officer in charge of Seven Islands, his work was again outstanding. For the past two years he has been Warrant Officer in charge of Eastern Air Command Headquarters Signals Centre; such an important post includes the Signals control of all Eastern Air Command operating [?] and the immediate supervision of almost 200 signals personnel. During cases where aircraft were lost or in difficulty, Warrant Officer Speller has often personally operated the powerful Command equipment, and by his ability and experience, materially aided the operation of guiding the aircraft or subsequent rescue. His splendid example and high devotion to duty have been outstanding.

 

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SPENCE, F/O Alexander Lett (J85771) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1914 in Renfrew, Ontario; home in Flower Station, Ontario or Windsor, Ontario (salesman); enlisted in Hamilton, 16 March 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 August 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award presented 14 September 1949. Incident described was raid on Aulnoye, 25/26 March 1944.

 

Flying Officer Spence has completed a tour of operational duty during which he has attacked many heavily defended targets. On one occasion during an attack on Aulnoye two engines of his aircraft were severely damaged and the flight engineer seriously injured. Despite these harassing circumstances this officer pressed on and successfully completed his mission. He has at all times displayed courage, devotion to duty and a fine fighting spirit.

 

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SPENCE, FS Charles Edmond (R54754) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born Krinklin, Ireland, 9 March 1917. Home in Verdun, Quebec. Enlisted in Montreal, 29 May 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 20 July 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 16 August 1941). No citation. WOPAG in unit.

 

SPENCE, WO2 (later P/O) Charles Edmond (R54574/J27366) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 5 October 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Award presented in Montreal, 21 November 1947.

 

Since being Mentioned in Despatches in the New Years Honours List 1943, this NCO has continued his valuable and conscientious work as a Wireless Air Gunner. He was the First Wireless Air Gunner aboard an aircraft when enemy submarine sightings were made, one of which was attacked and destroyed. The proper functioning and operation of the equipment for which he was responsible contributed greatly to the discovering of the submarine within the vicinity of the attack.

 

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SPENCE, W/C Howard Clements (C1822) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 28 March 1940. Award presented 17 January 1948.

 

This officer, employed in the Establishments and Organization Branch of this Headquarters, has displayed diligence, perseverance and initiative of a very high order. Never sparing himself, he has searched for ways to improve his usefulness to the Service and has made a notable contribution to the war effort. He can be relied upon to achieve outstanding success in all duties with which he is assigned.

 

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SPENCE, F/L John Alexander (J3995) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.277 Squadron - Award effective 23 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Born Fergus, Ontario, 1919; home in Guelph; enlisted in Hamilton, 2 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 October 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 25 November 1940), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 10 February 1941). Commissioned 1941. DFC presented at uncertain date, possibly with the Bar which was awarded on 27 April 1945. Died 9 January 1991. Biography published in High Flight, Vol.2, No.1 (magazine defunct).

 

This officer has flown on a number of rescue sorties over the Straits of Dover and the Channel and has been instrumental in rescuing seven survivors from crashed planes. In December 1942, he was attacked by a Focke Wulfe 190, but although his aircraft was damaged he successfully evaded the attacker and landed safely at base. On another occasion he persevered with the search despite heavy fire from the German ground defences. In February 1943 he flew to within five miles of Le Treport, brought his aircraft down on to the sea and rescued a Canadian pilot who had been shot down three hours previously. The visibility was deteriorating fast but he succeeded in a rescue which typified the skill, courage and resourcefulness invariably exhibited by this officer.

 

SPENCE, F/L John Alexander (J3995) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.277 Squadron - Award effective 9 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.

 

In June 1943, this officer undertook a flight to search for a pilot who was adrift in his dinghy in the English Channel. He succeeded in locating the dinghy some two and a half miles from the French coast. The sea was exceedingly rough, but he brought his aircraft down safely on to the water, then taxied to the airman, who after a strenuous effort, was hauled aboard. Owing to the heavy seas it was not possible for the aircraft to take off again so, disregarding enemy minefields in the vicinity and the possibility of attack from the air, Flight Lieutenant Spence resourcefully taxied his aircraft across the Channel to a home base. His gallant achievement was worthy of high praise.

 

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SPENCE, P/O Percy Edwin (J16535) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, 1919; home there; enlisted in Halifax, 14 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 June 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1941). Commissioned 1942. Award presented by King George VI, 7 December 1943.

 

This officer has participated in many successful sorties against the most heavily defended targets, including two against Berlin. His courage, determination and initiative have contributed largely to the high standard of efficiency maintained by his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8950 had recommendation dated 7 March 1943; credited with 29 sorties (212 hours 15 minutes). First three operations as 2nd pilot; all others as captain. Sorties and original text as listed as follows (although text mentions a raid on Frankfurt which is not recorded in the sortie sheet):

 

31 July 42 Dusseldorf (5.05) Large fires seen in target area.

6 Sept 42 Duisburg (5.20) Bomb bursts seen in built-up area.

10 Sept 42 Dusseldorf (5.07) Fires seen in built up area. Goon box failed on outward journey and wireless telephone failed on return.

1 Oct 42 Flensburg (7.07) Fires seen.

5 Oct 42 Aachen (6.09) Number of fires in built-up area.

6 Oct 42 Osnabruck (5.50) Bomb bursts in target area.

8 Oct 42 GARDENING (3.56) -

13 Oct 42 Kiel (7.07) Good fires in target area.

15 Oct 42 Cologne (6.22) Many fires seen.

23 Oct 42 Genoa (9.34) Bomb bursts in railway sidings.

15 Nov 42 Genoa (10.27) Bombs seen to explode on target.

18 Nov 42 Turin (8.50) Bombs dropped on town. Returned safely on three engines.

22 Nov 42 Stuttgart (9.17) No results observed.

28 Nov 42 Turin (9.30) Very large fires seen in town.

6 Dec 42 Mannheim (8.43) Glow of fires seen through clouds.

9 Dec 42 Turin (9.37) Large fires observed.

20 Dec 42 Duisburg (5.48) Widespread fires observed.

14 Jan 43 Lorient (5.02) Bomb on target area.

17 Jan 43 Berlin (8.32) Many fires seen.

2 Feb 43 Cologne (5.46) Many large fires counted.

3 Feb 43 Hamburg (7.44) Glow of fires seen through clouds.

7 Feb 43 Lorient (6.05) Ten large fires counted.

25 Feb 43 Nuremburg (9.36) Many fires observed taking hold.

26 Feb 43 Cologne (6.21) Many fires counted.

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (7.21) Target well alight.

1 Mar 43 Berlin (7.46) Numerous scattered fires seen.

3 Mar 43 Hamburg (6.07) -

5 Mar 43 Essen (5.36) Heavy concentrated raid.

8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (8.50) Target attacked.

 

This officer has now completed 29 sorties. He has bee engaged in attacking some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany, including two sorties to Berlin. He has held his crew together well, which accounts for their high standard of efficiency. On a fairly recent attack on Frankfurt it is believed that his was the only crew to obtain a photograph of the aiming point.

 

The Officer Commanding, RAF Station Linton-on-Ouse, added his remarks on 12 March 1943:

 

A first class captain of aircraft who has shown the greatest determination, courage and enthusiasm at all times. He has always shown the keenness desire to proceed on operations and his sterling qualities have been a source of inspiration to his squadron. He is a Canadian.

 

On 30 March 1943 the Air Officer Commanding, No.4 Group, added:

 

This officer has now been posted for instructional duties ad I very strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

SPENCE, F/L Percy Edwin, DFC (J16535) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. No citation in AFRO.

 

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SPENCE, FS Robert Leslie (R78542) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.40 Squadron - Award effective 25 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 26 February 1942 and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Born 11 October 918 in Chatham, Ontario. Home in Highgate, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 8 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 February 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1941). Later commissioned (J17284). To Middle East, 26 February 1942. Missing 8 October 1942, then reported safe. To England, 26 March 1943; to RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 24 April 1943. Award presented by King George VI, 11 May 1943.

 

This airman has completed numerous missions, many of them as captain of aircraft. In October 1942, during an attack on Tobruk, his aircraft was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire and he and his crew were forced to abandon it near El-Aden. Flight Sergeant Spence with two of his comrades set out on a long trek to our lines at El Alamein. One of the party was compelled to drop behind but for twenty-eight days Flight Sergeant Spence and his companion continued the journey. They successfully evaded enemy columns and camps and were eventually saved by a British patrol. Since reaching safety, Flight Sergeant Spence has participated in four attacks on Tunis and Sousse. This airman has displayed great courage, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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SPENCER, P/O Gordon Lewis (J16834) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 1 August 1922; home in Winnipeg or Ebastaiah, Manitoba (student); enlisted 5 February 1941 in Winnipeg. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.7 EFTS (ceased training 21 June 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 31 August 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 6 December 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 17 January 1942). Overseas, March 1942. Further trained at No.22 OTU (Wellesbourne). No citation in AFRO. Public Records Office Air 2/5025 has recommendation for a Military Cross (but War Office suggested no award). In same crew as Flight Sergeant E.L. Bulman. After escape he left Gibraltar on 9 August 1943, arriving in Prestwick 10 August 1943. Repatriated to Canada, September 1943 and returned to operations December 1943.

 

Pilot Officer Spencer was the bomb aimer of a Halifax aircraft which attacked Stuttgart on the night of 11th March 1943. On the return flight the bomber was attacked by enemy fighters and set on fire, the crew being compelled to abandon it by parachute. Alighting in some woods, Pilot Officer Spencer proceeded to dispose of his parachute and life saving jacket and then walked to the edge of the wood where he observed an isolated farm house. While Pilot Officer Spencer was watching the farm house, an armed Frenchman appeared who, on learning Pilot Officer Spencer's identity, told him where he was (near Mondrepuis) and advised him to approach the farm house at dark. Pilot Officer Spencer hid in the woods until dark and then went to the farm house where he was given a meal and provided with refuge in a hay loft. Pilot Officer Spencer remained in hiding here until 16th March, when, after being given civilian clothing, he was taken to a nearby village from which point his subsequent journey was arranged for him.

 

NOTE: Further to the above, Air 2/5025 has G/C J.E. Fauquier's recommendation for a non-immediate MC dated 21 October 1943 which also lists previous sorties; Spencer had flown 16 sorties (157 hours 19 minutes, although sortie list gives correct hours and 20 trips); on 27 November 1943 Air Commodore Bennett "Strongly Recommended" the award. Sorties and Fauquier recommendation as follows:

 

ASP=Anti-Submarine Patrol

 

14 Sep 42 Wilhelmshaven (4.59) 23 Oct 42 Genoa (10.08)

16 Sep 42 Essen (5.46) 28 Oct 42 ASP (8.53)

19 Sep 42 Saarbrucken (7.30) 2 Nov 42 ASP (9.22)

23 Sep 42 Flensburg (6.10) 7 Nov 42 ASP (10.00)

26 Sep 42 Flensburg (5.53) 10 Nov 42 ASP (9.25)

2 Oct 42 Krefeld (5.40) 15 Nov 42 ASP (9.05)

5 Oct 42 Aachen (6.24) 20 Nov 42 ASP (8.53)

6 Oct 42 Osnabruck (5.55) 25 Nov 42 ASP (10.20)

13 Oct 42 Kiel (6.08) 28 Nov 42 ASP (9.40)

15 Oct 42 Cologne (6.14) 1 Dec 42 ASP (10.54)

 

In an attack on Stuttgart on the night of 11th March 1943, the aircraft in which Pilot Officer Spencer was Bomb Aimer was shot down in flames by enemy night fighters. On the instructions of the captain the crew baled out. Pilot Officer Spencer was successful in eluding enemy patrols and returned to this country, despite numerous hardships which he encountered. In effecting his escape this officer displayed great courage and determination and is strongly recommended for the award of the Military Cross.

 

FURTHER NOTE: Air 2/5025 contains long report prepared for MI.9 on his evasion up to linkup with Resistance.

 

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SPENCER, F/L Herbert Kennett Yuill (C11690) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 14 June 1909; enlisted in Edmonton, 15 May 1942. Administrative Officer; spent much of the war in Western Air Command with such units as No.115 (F) Squadron and No.149 Squadron; posted overseas August 1944; repatriated October 1945.

 

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SPENCER, F/L John Lloyd (C3026) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 8 July 1905 at Humberstone, Ontario. Home in Port Colborne, Ontario; enlisted in Niagara Falls, 7 November 1940.

 

This officer as Officer Commanding a bombing flight has shown a high degree of devotion to duty. His excellent keenness and tireless energy have been a constant and splendid example to pilots and trainees alike.

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SPENCER, F/L Nelson Hughes (J10732) - Mention in Despatches - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 9 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 15 September 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 20 December 1940).

 

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SPENCLER, F/L Roland Aylesworth (J20708) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1910 in Anderson, Ontario; home in St.Thomas or London, Ontario; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 2 April 1940. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.1 AOS (graduated 5 November 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 14 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award sent by registered mail 10 January 1953. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 41 sorties (181 hours ten minutes), 1 August 1944 to 13 February 1945. Sortie list and times identical to that for F/L H.H. Gouchey; obviously in same crew.

 

1 Aug 44 L'Hey (3.45) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.25)

3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (4.00) 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.30)

4 Aug 44 Bois de Cassant (4.45) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.25)

5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserant (4.55) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (6.20)

8 Aug 44 Chantilly (4.10) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.25)

16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.15) 17 Dec 44 Ulm (6.10)

18 Aug 44 Bremen (5.25) 22 Dec 44 Bingen (4.25)

25 Aug 44 Brest (5.30) 27 Dec 44 Rheydt (3.50)

27 Aug 44 Mimoyceques (3.35) 28 Dec 44 Bonn (4.30)

28 Aug 44 Oeuf de Ternais (3.30) 29 Dec 44 Scholven (4.40)

26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (2.30) 30 Dec 44 Cologne (4.10)

27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.15) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (6.15)

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.40) 5 Jan 45 Royan (5.00)

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.10) 14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (4.45)

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.15) 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.40)

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.20) 22 Jan 45 Duisburg (3.45)

23 Oct 44 Essen (4.20) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (5.40)

25 Oct 44 Homberg (3.15) 1 Feb 45 Mannheim (5.10)

28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.40) 7 Feb 45 Cleve (4.05)

29 Oct 44 Walcheren (2.20) 13 Feb 45 Dresden (7.55)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.30)

 

This officer is a very capable and efficient navigator, who has participated in attacks on very heavily defended enemy targets such as Bottrop, Saarbrucken, Stuttgart and Essen. This officer's devotion to duty, even under the heaviest enemy fire, as well as his determination to make every attack successful has, in no small way, contributed much to the successes attained by his crew. On the ground, this officer has spent many hours training new navigators and the successes derived from his experienced teachings have done much to keep the efficiency of the navigation section of this squadron at its very high standard.

 

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SPICER, Corporal William Alfred (R170428) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born in Saskatoon, 11 June 1910; home there; enlisted there 16 July 1942. Radar mechanic; posted overseas in March 1944; repatriated December 1945; released 11 January 1946.

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SPINK, P/O Thomas Benson (J18812) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 22 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 4 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in Vancouver, 1919; home there; enlisted there 26 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail 11 March 1949; served in postwar force.

 

This officer was a pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin one night in January 1944. On the outward flight the aircraft was hit by bullets from a fighter. The oxygen supply began to leak. Despite this Pilot Officer Spink continued his mission although the target was still some 200 miles distant. In spite of much physical discomfort caused by the lack of oxygen, Pilot Spink reached and bombed his objective and afterwards flew the damaged aircraft back to base. He displayed great determination, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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SPINNEY, F/L Howard Lenly (J14020) - Air Force Cross - Eastern Air Command Meteorological Flight - Award effective 14 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born at Central Argyle, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, 14 August 1940. Home in Yarmouth; enlisted there, 1 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 December 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 9 February 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 15 April 1941). Attended CFS, Trenton and then went on to instruct at No.9 SFTS (9 August 1941 to 4 July 1942) and No.8 SFTS (5 July 1942 to 5 March 1943). Attended No.31 GRS, 6 March to 22 May 1943; with No.117 (BR) Squadron, 25 May to 18 November 1943. EAC Meteorological Flight, Yarmouth, 18 November 1943 to 23 February 1945. Subsequently attended No.6 OTU, Comox (23 February to 16 June 1945) and then posted overseas to No.436 Squadron. Ranks were AC2 (1 October 1940), Sergeant (4 May 1941), FS (1 December 1941), WO2 (1 June 1942), P/O (1 July 1942), F/O (1 February 1943), F/L 1 August 1944. Career included a close call in June 1942 when doing aerobatics at 6,000 to 3,000 feet. Controls failed and he ordered pupil pilot to bale out. Student was holding rip-cord when he jumped, chute opened hitting leading edge of tailplane and pupil killed. Spinney was thrown out before he could turn off engine. Chute opened but swung violently and he barely missed a pond and a tree. Unconscious for one-half hour, revived and reported to a farm. Also had engine failure with a Finch at London; his instructor landed in a field. Had a close call in a Canso when an engine failed 100 miles from home. He was down to 400 feet when aircraft finally stabilized. Notable flights were on 7 January 1945 (flew eight hours 57 minutes), 22 January 1945 (eight hours nine minutes), 4 February 1945 (eight hours 40 minutes), 12 February 1945 (eight hours 13 minutes). Flew 890 hours with Met flight, and as of 5 September 1945 he had 2,750 hours. Others in Met Flight were F/L Patrick J. Bruton (MiD), F/O Peter W. Holloway (AFC), F/O Paul A. McFarlane (DFC for work in No.5 Squadron), S/L Roy D. Renwick (AFC), and a P/O Wilson. Award sent by registered mail 18 November 1949. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation. When recommended he had flown 2,560 hours of which 330 were on operations (28 sorties).

 

This officer, as captain of an aircraft in a Meteorological Flight, has demonstrated at all times outstanding skill and devotion to duty. On many occasions he has carried out flights in the most hazardous weather conditions, calling for the highest degree of determination and resourcefulness. His initiative and splendid record have been an inspiration and example to all members of his crew and unit.

 

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SPINNEY, Fl/O Mildred Audrey (V30349) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters. Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Saint George, New Brunswick; enlisted in Ottawa, 27 November 1942. Award presented at uncertain date.

 

This officer, throughout her service career, has continually displayed outstanding ability in the performance of her duties. During the expansion period of Overseas Records she worked diligently and intelligently on re-organization. An administrative assistant, she has handled the many problems which present themselves with outstanding energy and efficiency. In addition to her regular duties she has voluntarily conducted various trade improvement courses for the benefit of personnel of the Womens Division. This officer's devotion to duty has at all times been

exceptional.

 

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SPOONER, LAC Kenneth Gerald (R179314) - George Cross - No.4 AOS -Award effective 28 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 January 1944 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born in Smith Falls, Ontario, 24 May 1922; educated there. Worked as a civil service clerk, 1940-41, and a rodman for Canadian Pacific Railway, 1941-42. Enlisted in Montreal, 31 July 1942. Kitted at No.5 Manning Depot, Lachine; on strength of No.4 Manning Depot, Quebec, 11 September to 7 November 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS, Belleville, 8 November 1942 to 6 February 194; taken on strength of No.4 AOS, London, 7 February 1943. Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19880031-001). Incident occurred 14 May 1943, 1845 hours (Anson 7064). In fact, there were three fatalities, not two as suggested by citation. Crew was: PILOT - Sergeant D.A. Nelson (R137915), missing. WOPAG - Sergeant W.J. Brown (R132466), missing. AB UNDER TRAINING - LAC J.A. Curtis (R151200), uninjured. NAV UNDER TRAINING - LAC K.G. Spooner (R179312), missing. NAV UNDER TRAINING - LAC R.H. Bailey (R179709), uninjured. Buried in Smith Falls, where a high school was named for him in 1949.

 

This airman, a student navigator with no pilot training, displayed great courage, resolution and unselfishness in the face of harassing circumstances when the pilot of the aircraft fainted at the controls. While other crew members were vainly trying to remove him from his seat he temporarily regained consciousness and froze on the controls, causing the aircraft to lose altitude rapidly. Immediately after the pilot became indisposed, Leading Aircraftman Spooner, with extreme coolness and courage, assumed charge, ordered the remainder of the crew to bail out while he took over the controls and endeavoured to keep the aircraft at safe height. Three members of the crew bailed out as instructed and shortly after the aircraft crashed, carrying the unconscious pilot and Leading Aircraftman Spooner to their death. The crash occurred approximately one hour after the pilot had lost control. This airman, with complete disregard for his personal safety and in conformity with the highest tradition of the Service, sacrificed his life in order to save the lives of his comrades.

 

NOTE: Given the brevity of his career, there was little opportunity for him to be assessed. The remarks of interviewers at No.13 Recruiting Centre on 21 July 1942 are therefore worth recording:

 

20 years of age. Good type of young man. Fairly good in maths. Two years physics and chemistry. Serious, good health. Drives a car. Has the big urge to be a pilot. Good physique, manner fairly pleasant; now employed as Rodman for CPR. Athletics rugby, basketball, Appears like good material for aircrew.

 

The description of him from No.5 ITS is also interesting. He placed 19th in a class of 77 and his marks in some subjects were amazing - 99 percent in mathematics, 78 percent in armament, 145 out of 150 in signals, 95 out of 150 in navigation. He has scored 72 percent in airmanship (theory of flight, engines), 73 percent in drill, 85 percent in law and discipline, 80 percent in meteorology, 95 percent in aircraft recognition but only 72 percent in an anti-gas course. The examining officer recommended him for navigator (alternate, bomb aimer) and wrote of him:

 

Very quiet personality, steady worker with a good fund of common sense. Mature for his age, cooperative and well disciplined.

 

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SPOONER, F/L Robert Edward (J23538) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.438 Squadron - Award effective 23 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 June 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born in Victoria, 1920; home in Vancouver (bank clerk); enlisted there 8 March 1941. Commissioned in RCAF, 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. According to artist's notes accompanying Robert Baillie's painting Typhoon Fury (available in commercial distribution as prints), Spooner completed 97 sorties. For further information on Typhoon operations see H.A. Halliday, Typhoon and Tempest: The Canadian Story (Toronto, Canav Books, 1992).

 

Since September 1944, this officer has completed numerous operational sorties including many low level attacks against heavily defended enemy transport, canal locks, railway sidings and bridges. On one occasion, Flight Lieutenant Spooner's aircraft was hit by the flying debris of an exploding ammunition train. Despite this and intense anti-aircraft fire from the enemy's defences he pressed home his attack on the remaining targets. As a flight commander this officer has always displayed brilliant leadership and a fine fighting spirit. This was particularly evident during the German offensive around St. Vith when he led his squadron on a number of low level attacks against heavily defended enemy transport convoys.

 

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SPOWAGE, F/O Arthur Edward (C20497) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Enlisted in Halifax, 17 October 1939.

 

This officer, by his outstanding devotion to duty, has set a splendid example to his men. He works exceptionally long hours and is unceasing in his efforts to keep the maintenance of the squadron at a very high level. Since his arrival, largely by his own efforts, maintenance has greatly improved. This officer's work has been outstanding.

 

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SPRAGGS, FS (now P/O) Lewis Albert (R86855/J16998) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born 1917; home in Didsbury, Alberta (mechanic); enlisted in Edmonton, 5 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 May 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 14 July 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 October 1941). Award presented by King George VI, 30 November 1943.

 

Flight Sergeant Spraggs has participated in a large number of operational sorties over heavily defended targets including Turin and Genoa. During the whole of his operational career he has displayed skill, courage and devotion to duty which have set an excellent example.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation dated 7 March 1943 when he had flown 27 sorties (224 hours 35 minutes). Sortie sheet now available as of transcription (3 March 2000); draft text was as follows:

 

Flight Sergeant Spraggs has now completed 27 sorties, many of which have been over Germany. During recent weeks he has worked extremely hard owing to sickness which has been prevalent among other crews. On several occasions he has been compelled to return to base on three engines.

 

The Officer Commanding, RAF Station Linton-on-Ouse, added on 12 March 1943:

 

This Canadian Non-Commissioned Officer has had a very successful operational career and has shown himself to be a courageous and determined captain of aircraft. His splendid qualities deserve the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

On 30 March 1943 the Air Officer Commanding, No.4 Group, wrote:

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has now been posted for instructional duties and I very strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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SPRINGHAM, P/O George (J93923) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1915 in Edmonton; home there (clerk, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 24 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 10 September 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 14 January 1944). Commissioned 26 January 1945. Award presented 9 July 1949.

 

During an attack on Hemmingstedt in March 1945, this officer took an effective part in successful combat with a Junkers 88. His own aircraft was hit several times but Pilot Officer Springham kept his guns firing and the enemy finally broke off the attack. This officer has an outstanding record of operations. His constant courage under fire and his devotion to duty have been an inspiration to the other members of his crew.

 

NOTE: A second DFC was announced in London Gazette of 25 September 1945 and cancelled by London Gazette of 6 September 1946. The citation differed greatly from the one that was authorized, as follows:

 

Pilot Officer Springham has completed numerous sorties during his tour of operational duty. Although wounded in the head by anti-aircraft fire during the beginning of his tour, this officer has never lost his fine fighting spirit and keenness as an air gunner and has proved his courage and ability during many dangerous sorties. On one occasion when an enemy night fighter attacked his aircraft over Hemmingstadt, Pilot Officer Springham opened fire and inflicted damage on his assailant. On another occasion, when the navigator of his aircraft was killed, this officer gave speedy assistance to his captain and acted with great coolness. This air gunner has rendered valuable service to his squadron and has contributed much to the successes achieved by his crew.

 

FURTHER NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9083 has original recommendation (when he was a Flight Sergeant) for a DFM dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (178 hours two minutes), 23 September 1944 to 14 March 1945. Sortie list and recommendation given below for added information:

 

23 Sep 44 Neuss (5.22) Good attack.

25 Sep 44 Calais (3.32) Sortie successful.

30 Sep 44 Bottrop (4.44) Bombed in cloud.

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (5.07) do.

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.42) Fires in target area.

28 Oct 44 Domburg (3.14) Good attack.

29 Oct 44 Zoutelande (3.15) Bombed as ordered.

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.21) Bombed through clouds.

4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.49) Good attack.

29 Nov 44 Essen (6.09) Many fires.

5 Dec 44 Soest (6.18) Good bombing.

12 Dec 44 Essen (5.21) Many fires in T/A; cloud.

24 Dec 44 Essen-Mulheim airfield (5.01) Bombed airfield.

14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.33) Successful attack.

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (6.01) Duty carried out.

22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.01) Bombed as ordered.

1 Feb 45 Mainz (6.29) Good attack.

4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen-Nordstern (5.53) Bombed in cloud; fires seen.

7 Feb 45 Goch (5.43) A/c recalled by M/Bomber.

9 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.28) Good bombing.

13 Feb 45 Bohlen (8.25) Successful sortie.

21 Feb 45 Worms (7.19) Good bombing with many fires.

23 Feb 45 Essen (5.51) Many fires.

27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.27) Concentrated attack.

2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.27) Successful.

3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.16) Bombed as ordered; fires.

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.42) Concentrated bombing.

7 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt (5.55) Combat with Ju.188; own a/c and e/a damaged. Hit target.

12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.35) Many fires in target area.

13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (5.38) Bombed as ordered.

14 Mar 45 Homberg (6.24) Good fires burning.

 

Flight Sergeant Springham has now completed 32 operational sorties as a mid-upper gunner in Halifax III aircraft of this squadron. Of these sorties, 29 have been to targets in the most heavily defended areas of Germany. He was wounded in the head by flak on one occasion and at other times he has only narrowly missed injury. In spite of these narrow escapes, however, he has at all times displayed outstanding keenness, courage and determination to carry the attack to the enemy regardless of any personal risk.

 

On the Hemmingstedt raid of 7/8th March 1945, he assisted his colleague in the rear turret in a successful combat with a Junkers 188 night fighter. The enemy machine had just made an attack on a nearby Lancaster when it turned and attacked the Halifax. Although the Halifax was hit on several occasions, Flight Sergeant Springham kept his guns firing and hits were distinctly seen on the enemy aircraft which broke off the attack and was lost.

 

Throughout this encounter Flight Sergeant Springham was cool and efficient and his conduct was an inspiration to the others in the crew.

 

It is recommended that this non-commissioned officer's outstanding record of operations, his constant courage under fire and his devotion to duty at all times be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SPROULE, F/L Frederick Howard (J5820) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.42 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.9 EFTS and No.2 SFTS.

 

Flight Lieutenant Sproule has frequently led formations against Army support targets in Burma. In March 1945, whilst leading an attack on a gun position, he was wounded and his aircraft was damaged by heavy anti-aircraft shells. He returned to base where he completed a successful landing without further damage. He has at all times shown the greatest keenness on operations and his courage and determination have played a large part in the fine results which his squadron has achieved.

 

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SPROULE, W/C John Alexander, DFC (C89500) - Netherlands Bronze Lion - No.437 Squadron - Awarded 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Former CAN/RAF with interesting career. Born Brandon, Manitoba, 1917. Joined RAF, 1937. Awarded DFC (London Gazette, 20 October 1944) as Wing Commander and CO, No.48 Squadron. In postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 as a Wing Commander in London. Photos PL-33876 and PL-33879 show him. Public Records Office Air 2/9642 has recommendation.

 

On the 1st September 1944 this officer was appointed to command a newly formed transport squadron. Despite the short time available the squadron attained a very high standard of efficiency and participated fully in every phase of the airborne operations in the Arnhem theatre. Wing Commander Sproule led the squadron on the first sortie of the operations and throughout he has displayed good leadership and determination which contributed materially to the success of many sorties.

 

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SPRUSTON, F/O Leslie (J24153) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1919 in Edson, Alberta; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 15 September 1939. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1942), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."

 

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SPRUSTON, S/L (now W/C) Thomas Arthur (C5780) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.4 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Born in Liverpool, 18 November 1908 while parents vacationing in England. Raised in Ladysmith, British Columbia. Home at time of award was St.Thomas, Ontario; enlisted in Vancouver, 26 September 1930. Award presented 17 August 1945. Remained in RCAF after the war, rising to Group Captain; commanded No.6 Repair Depot and was Senior Maintenance and Engineering Office for the RCAF in Europe. After retirement he was Vice-President (Engineering and Maintenance) for Transair. Died in Ottawa, 28 November 1998.

 

This officer, throughout his extensive career, has served with great keenness and ability. His competence, combined with excellent qualities of leadership and organizing ability, have been clearly reflected in the efficient manner in which he has executed all tasks allotted to him. By his diligence and devotion to duty he has greatly increased the efficiency of the maintenance wing. His material contribution to the welfare of this unit is most praiseworthy.

 

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SPURR, F/O Lawrence Esmond (J91114) - Mention in Despatches - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). Born 15 June 1923, Middleton, Nova Scotia; home in Middleton, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, 22 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1943). Shared a damaged claim on an Me.262 (25 February 1945) and shared in destruction of a Do.217 (3 May 1945). Certificate sent to him at Middleton, Nova Scotia, 10 August 1948. Later flew Sabres in Korean War and won American DFC. Public Records Office Air 2/9110 has a recommendation for a Belgian Croix de Guerre. Although not granted, the text is given here as there might be a connection with his MiD. Stated as having flown 150 sorties (208 operational hours).

 

Flying Officer Spurr has served with his present squadron since August 1944 throughout the advance from the beachhead until VE-Day. On several occasions he led the flight and squadron and helped to destroy one enemy aircraft and damaged another. In ground attacks, he damaged over 100 ground targets and his daring and leadership on these attacks was an inspiration to the whole of the squadron.

 

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SQUIBB, F/O Arthur George (J86687) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.49 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1923 at Lachine, Quebec; home there (apprentice draughtsman); enlisted in Montreal, 27 February 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned May 1944. Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9089 has recommendation dated 1 February 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (165 hours 25 minutes), 24 June to 8 December 1944.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

24 Jun 44 Pommerval (3.20) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.05)*

4 July 44 Creil (4.20) 18 Sep 44 Bremerhaven (5.00)

7 July 44 Creil (4.50) 19 Sep 44 Munchen Gladbach (4.30)

12 Jul 44 Culmont Chalindrey (8.20) 23 Sep 44 Handorf (5.30)

28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.40) 26 Sep 44 Karlsruhe (6.40)

30 Jul 44 Caen (5.20)* 27 Sep 44 Kaiserlauten (6.30)

31 Jul 44 Tilly (5.00)* 5 Oct 44 Kaiserlauten (5.00)*

1 Aug 44 La Ereteque (4.05)* 6 Oct 44 Bremen (5.00)

2 Aug 44 Trossy (4.00)* 14 Oct 44 Brunswick (7.00)

3 Aug 44 Trossy (4.15)* 19 Oct 44 Nuremburg (7.10)

5 Aug 44 St.Ley (4.45)* 4 Nov 44 Ladbergen (4.25)

7 Aug 44 Sequeville (3.45) 11 Nov 44 Harburg (4.50)

9 Aug 44 Chaterlerauly (6.25) 20 Nov 44 Munich (9.30)

11 Aug 44 Givors (8.20) 4 Dec 44 Heilbonn (6.50)

12 Aug 44 Brunswick (6.00) 8 Dec 44 Heinbach (4.00)

 

Flying Officer Squibb has completed a successful tour of operations with No.49 Squadron during which he participated in 30 sorties, eight of which were daylight operations, and night attacks were made on heavily defended targets in Germany, including Brunswick (twice), Karlsruhe, Bremen and Munich.

 

When detailed to attack Munich on the night of 20th November 1944, Flying Officer Squibb was informed, on reaching the French coast, that his navigational equipment was unserviceable. Despite the fact that he still had the major part of the outward journey, and all the return journey to Base to complete, involving several hours flying, he immediately decided to carry on with his mission, and by his tenacity of purpose and skill succeeded in reaching his target and bombing it successfully.

 

This episode is typical of the way this officer has comported himself throughout his operational tour, being at all times determined to press home his attacks to the best of his ability, and showing the way to his crew in the matter of coolness under fire.

 

In addition to his capable handling of his crew and aircraft as a captain throughout his tour, he has at all times taken every opportunity to improve his knowledge of the tactics of bombing, to enable him to inflict the maximum damage when attacking the enemy.

 

For his courage and determination in the face of the enemy, and application to his task throughout his operational tour, I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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SQUIRE, WO1 Morley (RCAF 430) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.6 SFTS - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Somerset, England; educated in that country including Royal Naval Air Service Instrument School. Enlisted in RCAF at High River, Alberta, August 1926. Award presented 10 July 1945. Master Mechanic.

 

This warrant officer, over a period of seventeen years, has established a fine record of loyal service. He has been in charge of the station workshops for the past three years and has displayed outstanding ability, initiative and energy in this work. The high record of aircraft serviceability on this station in a large part is due to his untiring efforts.

 

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